Have You Seen the Writing on the Wall of Worry: Outlook 2022 Have You Seen the Writing on the Wall of Worry: Outlook 2022

Growth catalysts, favorability of US equities, inflation’s path, and fixed income hurdles and highlights are explored by our investment experts.

Asset Allocator’s Guide to Equity Diversification Strategies Asset Allocator’s Guide to Equity Diversification Strategies

Investors concerned about offsetting equity risk may want to look beyond traditional assets like dividend-paying stocks, gold, and core fixed income funds.

From the Consultant’s Desk: Reframing the Growth vs. Value Debate
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From the Consultant’s Desk: Reframing the Growth vs. Value Debate

Our consultants explain why defensive and cyclical sectors may be a better way to diversify an equity portfolio than the traditional growth/value framework.

  • November 29, 2021
Concentrated Investing: The Wave of the Future? Concentrated Investing: The Wave of the Future?

Diversification is important, but the depth of research and strong convictions behind more concentrated portfolios can benefit investors.

Tactical Asset Allocation for Offense and Defense Tactical Asset Allocation for Offense and Defense

Tactical asset allocation strategies can add value and improve returns, but they can also be difficult to execute and evaluate. Here’s what to look for.

Direct Indexing: Understanding Potential Outcomes Direct Indexing: Understanding Potential Outcomes

While direct indexing offers tax planning and customization benefits, investors need to be comfortable with the potential for index tracking error.

Direct Indexing Allows Investors to Create Custom Portfolios Direct Indexing Allows Investors to Create Custom Portfolios

Direct indexing portfolios can be customized to maximize after-tax return, align with personal values, or pursue specific investment objectives.

Two Ways to Measure Tax Efficiency in Portfolios Two Ways to Measure Tax Efficiency in Portfolios

Quantifying a fund’s tax costs can be an important differentiator, but is much more difficult to assess than investment management or advisory fees.

Trick or Treat? October Reversal
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Trick or Treat? October Reversal

Portfolio Manager Jack Janasiewicz points out that September’s losses did not continue into October, thanks to a solid earnings season – and other fears may be overblown as well.

Portfolio Construction with ESG: Buy, Renovate or Build? Portfolio Construction with ESG: Buy, Renovate or Build?

Learn about three ways to create an investment portfolio with an ESG (environmental, social, governance) focus.

Target HNW Clients with Individualized Index Strategies Target HNW Clients with Individualized Index Strategies

The tax-efficiency and customization options available with direct indexing may be particularly attractive to high net worth investors.

Who Are the Builders of a Sustainable World? Who Are the Builders of a Sustainable World?

Jens Peers, CEO of Mirova US, explains his team’s approach to identifying opportunities and why sustainability is an important driver of outperformance.

2022 ETF Trends to Watch 2022 ETF Trends to Watch

Predictions for 2022 ETF trends, and a look back at how investor interest developed in 2021, are covered by Natixis’ ETF experts.

Using Factor Analysis to Build Better Portfolios Using Factor Analysis to Build Better Portfolios

Identifying a portfolio’s risk factors – the underlying investment exposures that drive returns – is a critical step in the asset allocation process.

Raise the ETF Tax Efficiency Bar with Direct Indexing Raise the ETF Tax Efficiency Bar with Direct Indexing

ETFs are more tax-efficient than mutual funds, but for tax-sensitive investors, direct indexing may be an even better solution.

Process Is Paramount for Innovative ETF
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Process Is Paramount for Innovative ETF

In an interview with the NYSE, PM Scott Weber explains the disciplined process behind the innovative Natixis Vaughan Nelson Select ETF (VNSE).

Tax Management Update – Q3 2021 Tax Management Update – Q3 2021

Review of the investment implications of potential US tax code changes and third quarter 2021 equity market activity.

David Herro on Value Catalysts in Global Markets
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David Herro on Value Catalysts in Global Markets

Why rising interest rates and a prolonged global recovery should propel value stocks is explained by Harris Associates PM David Herro.

Does Xi Hold the Key to Emerging Markets? Does Xi Hold the Key to Emerging Markets?

Shorter-term volatility and longer-term structural growth tailwinds for the emerging world as it emerges from the pandemic are explained.

  • October 6, 2021
Looking to Use Volatility as Opportunity
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Looking to Use Volatility as Opportunity

The Loomis Sayles global equity team speaks about how its approach to value creation is designed for all market conditions.

Alpha Thesis Behind Loomis Sayles’ Growth Equity Strategies Alpha Thesis Behind Loomis Sayles’ Growth Equity Strategies

A deeply held system of persistent beliefs, a rigorous investment process, and proof points of Loomis Sayles’ Growth Equity alpha thesis are explained.

A Tale of Two Halves
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A Tale of Two Halves

Portfolio Manager Jack Janasiewicz discusses repositioning amid volatility in oil prices, new guidance form the Federal Reserve, and Delta variant concerns.

Investment Trends in Advisor Portfolios – Midyear 2021 Investment Trends in Advisor Portfolios – Midyear 2021

Emerging trends this quarter include higher equity allocations, moves to hedge against inflation and growing interest in model portfolios.

Where’s the Value in This Phase of the Recovery?
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Where’s the Value in This Phase of the Recovery?

International small and midsized companies may be offering the most attractive value today, explains Vaughan Nelson Investment Management’s Chris Wallis.

This Time It’s Not the Same
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This Time It’s Not the Same

Portfolio Manager Jack Janasiewicz discusses repositioning in response to the Delta variant and sentiment shift – and highlights eight market tailwinds.

Institutional Investment Trends Midyear 2021 Institutional Investment Trends Midyear 2021

In a strong equity market, institutions are rebalancing into fixed income and looking for opportunities to outsource certain investment management functions.

7 International Investing Insights from David Herro 7 International Investing Insights from David Herro

Recovery, European financials, fintech, and China regulatory crackdown are among the topics covered by CIO-International Equities at Harris Associates.

EQOP – Another First for Natixis EQOP – Another First for Natixis

EQOP combines two actively managed equity sleeves into one ETF portfolio, paving the way for others of its type.

2021 Halftime Report: What’s Ahead for Markets 2021 Halftime Report: What’s Ahead for Markets

What global growth, transitory inflation and consumer spending is signaling and which asset classes look favorable for the second half are analyzed.

From the Consultant’s Desk: What’s happening under the surface?
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From the Consultant’s Desk: What’s happening under the surface?

Consultants discuss how the growing divergence in the equity market has affected portfolio allocations – and highlight sectors advisors may have missed.

David Herro on Active Management’s Value to Investors
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David Herro on Active Management’s Value to Investors

An active manager’s role in portfolios today and how passive investing is the opposite of Harris Associates’ buy low, sell dear philosophy is explained.

Bottoms Up: Finding Sustainable Growth in a Global Value Chain
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Bottoms Up: Finding Sustainable Growth in a Global Value Chain

Through a pint of beer, take a look at how Loomis Sayles’ Growth Equity Strategies Team analyzes the beverage industry’s global value chain.

  • June 17, 2021
Value in a Reopening World with Bill Nygren Value in a Reopening World with Bill Nygren

CIO-US Equities at Harris Associates, Bill Nygren, shares his insight on value opportunities today, value’s recent outperformance, inflation, and the importance of a long-term investment horizon.

Using Option Strategies to Help Manage Portfolio Volatility
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Using Option Strategies to Help Manage Portfolio Volatility

Learn how option strategies can help manage the volatility of equities and create a smoother ride.

  • June 3, 2021
Emerging Markets: Old Myths and New Realities
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Emerging Markets: Old Myths and New Realities

New dynamics, trade, inflation, risks, and opportunities in emerging markets are explored by WCM Portfolio Manager Mike Tian and Barron’s editor Reshma Kapadia.

Roaring 20s or Economic Slowdown Ahead?
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Roaring 20s or Economic Slowdown Ahead?

Sustainability of economic and market growth as the US and world reopen and big infrastructure plans are discussed by Vaughan Nelson’s Chris Wallis.

Vaughan Nelson Select: Why, How, What
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Vaughan Nelson Select: Why, How, What

Equity Analyst Adam Rich talks about how Vaughan Nelson Select takes a concentrated, active approach to equity opportunities.

Pricing ETFs: How Premium/Discount is Calculated Pricing ETFs: How Premium/Discount is Calculated

When considering ETFs, know how premium/discount is calculated — and look at other factors

A Growth Equity Strategies Update with Aziz Hamzaogullari, Loomis Sayles
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A Growth Equity Strategies Update with Aziz Hamzaogullari, Loomis Sayles

Aziz Hamzaogullari, discusses how the team's disciplined and differentiated philosophy and process shape the performance profile of Loomis Sayles Growth Equity Strategies.

Value Investing and the “New Normal”: What’s Changed? Value Investing and the “New Normal”: What’s Changed?

For PM Bill Nygren of Harris Associates, finding value in the post-pandemic world equates to a focus on trend acceleration worldwide.

Investing in Emerging Markets with WCM Investing in Emerging Markets with WCM

To help make the most of emerging market opportunities for its clients, WCM Investment Management uses an active, long-term investment approach focused on companies with improving competitive advantages and superior corporate cultures.

  • April 13, 2021
Equity Insight: Identifying Value in International Small Caps Equity Insight: Identifying Value in International Small Caps

Three portfolio managers from Vaughan Nelson Investment Management explain why and where international small caps are offering more opportunities today.

Post-Pandemic Emerging Market Trends: Adaptations, China, ESG Post-Pandemic Emerging Market Trends: Adaptations, China, ESG

Portfolio Managers Mike Trigg and Jon Tringale believe post-pandemic markets offer emerging market investors significant opportunity – here’s why.

Solving Puzzles During the Golden Age of Learning Solving Puzzles During the Golden Age of Learning

US Investment Analyst Joe Pittman explains why Harris Associates’ commitment to continuous learning is fundamental to successful investing in dynamic markets.

  • March 31, 2021
Post-crisis International Value Investing: A World of Opportunity Post-crisis International Value Investing: A World of Opportunity

Portfolio Manager and Chief Investment Officer David Herro, CFA® of Harris Associates provides his take on the post-pandemic investment landscape.

The Biden Stimulus Bill: What’s in It – and How Might It Affect Markets? The Biden Stimulus Bill: What’s in It – and How Might It Affect Markets?

As the Covid-19 vaccination rollout continues, the latest round of federal fiscal aid focuses on maintaining consumer spending and mitigating unemployment.

  • March 16, 2021
From the Consultant’s Desk: 10 Trends in 2020
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From the Consultant’s Desk: 10 Trends in 2020

From the growth vs. value divide to the profusion of unicorns and the struggle to find yield, financial professionals had their hands full in 2020.

5 Investment Trends in US Advisor Portfolios – Spring 2021 5 Investment Trends in US Advisor Portfolios – Spring 2021

Recent trends show increasing growth style bias, higher emerging market allocations and focus on quality fixed income holdings in moderate portfolios.

Five Institutional Investment Trends to Watch Five Institutional Investment Trends to Watch

Recent trends include cash deployment, sustainable investment screening, and muni debt issuance by colleges and universities.

What, How, Why: Understanding the GameStop Frenzy What, How, Why: Understanding the GameStop Frenzy

Moments of irrational exuberance provide useful reminders that markets don’t always behave in ways consistent with traditional economic theory.

Corporate Culture and the Pandemic: Challenges Can Create Opportunity Corporate Culture and the Pandemic: Challenges Can Create Opportunity

PM Mike Tian of WCM Investment Management discusses how some businesses are adapting to a changed business environment as a result of Covid-19.

  • February 18, 2021
It’s All Fun and GameStop, Until Someone Loses an Eye It’s All Fun and GameStop, Until Someone Loses an Eye

PM Jack Janasiewicz looks at the public sentiments and market dynamics of “meme stocks” and how they might affect investors and portfolios in the near term.

Loomis Sayles Growth Equity Strategies: The Search for Alpha Is a Search for Skill
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Loomis Sayles Growth Equity Strategies: The Search for Alpha Is a Search for Skill

Steps taken to pursue sustainable alpha generation are explained by Loomis Sayles Growth Equity Strategies CEO and portfolio manager Aziz Hamzaogullari.

  • January 29, 2021
Connecting 5G Hype with ESG Reality Connecting 5G Hype with ESG Reality

Louise Schreiber, SRI Analyst at Mirova, looks at the investment potential of 5G today and assesses its future uses and limitations in the context of ESG.

  • January 18, 2021
From the Consultant’s Desk: The Year of the Barbell Portfolio
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From the Consultant’s Desk: The Year of the Barbell Portfolio

In a difficult year, financial advisors favored US growth stocks and high quality bonds in their model portfolios – but missed out on some top performing asset classes.

Mid-Cap Stocks: A Sweet Spot for Investors? Mid-Cap Stocks: A Sweet Spot for Investors?

With growth opportunities harder to find in the pandemic economy, investors may want to consider the potential advantages of the mid-cap space.

Customized Equity Portfolios Invest for Racial Equality Customized Equity Portfolios Invest for Racial Equality

The AIA Racial Equity investment approach uses direct indexing to focus on companies that promote diversity, equity and inclusion.

  • December 30, 2020
After the Catch-up: On Investors, Markets, and a Return to Normal in 2021 After the Catch-up: On Investors, Markets, and a Return to Normal in 2021

A new market optimism has followed Covid-19 vaccine news, but uncovering risks and opportunities in the new year may require some old fashioned diligence.

Institutional Investment Trends During the Covid Market
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Institutional Investment Trends During the Covid Market

Six institutional asset allocation and investment trends derived from data analyzed by Natixis Investment Managers Solutions consultants.

Finding Value Opportunities in the Pandemic Economy
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Finding Value Opportunities in the Pandemic Economy

David Herro of Harris Associates discusses how the economic repercussions of Covid-19 are creating long-term growth prospects for value investors.

Asset Allocation Trends During the COVID Market
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Asset Allocation Trends During the COVID Market

Key trends derived from in-depth analysis of model portfolios by Natixis Investment Managers Solutions consultants.

Taking Responsible Investment from Talk to Action Taking Responsible Investment from Talk to Action

Demographic, technological, environment, and governance transitions can present opportunities for investors focused on risk and sustainability.

  • March 12, 2020
Utility Companies Face Challenges in an Evolving Energy Landscape Utility Companies Face Challenges in an Evolving Energy Landscape

Gauging the environmental and social impact of utility companies requires a look at how their energy source mix may impact their long-term sustainability.

  • February 13, 2020
Data Privacy Regulation in the US Data Privacy Regulation in the US

The influence of new data privacy rules across the broader digital economy is likely to leave no business sector unaffected.

US-China Trade War: Gauging Peace Prospects – and Their Potential Market Impact US-China Trade War: Gauging Peace Prospects – and Their Potential Market Impact

A look at the politics behind the US-China trade war, the prospects for a peace deal, and how the 2020 election could help shape US trade policy.

ESG and Sustainable Investing: Uncovering Motivations, Dispelling Myths ESG and Sustainable Investing: Uncovering Motivations, Dispelling Myths

It’s time to challenge many of the biggest misconceptions about ESG and sustainable investing so that conversations can be more productive.